6 YEARS later!

Oh my hat!  6 Years later… I googled my name to see what would come up and a link to this blog, my blog, came up.  Where do the years go?  I hear myself saying this far too frequently lately.

Life has been interesting these last 6 years.  From my beautiful photoshoot, ‘dream job’, my beautiful family, my health, my change in career…  it’s been loaded with suspense, joy, sadness, grief but I’m so grateful to be older and I do think more wiser.

So I don’t have my dream physique, in fact very far from it… but I’ve decided to get up, dust myself off, take this slow… but for goodness sake START again!

As I write this I’m sitting in a glorious part of the world, where my focus right now is on my health and myself, while my darling husband takes our monkeys fishing and adventuring.

So if you’re reading this, I think it must be because you clicked follow over 6 years ago, feel free to check in on me, or click unfollow but once again I’m going to use this blog to check in on myself and be accountable to everyone and no one reading this 🙂


18 days to go…


until my photoshoot.


Where I’m at….

Start Stats New Stats
Date 1 Jan ‘12 9 May‘13
Length 179cm 179cm
Weight 107.2kg 83.4kg
Chest 125cm 104cm
R/Arm 41cm 32cm
L/Arm 40cm 32cm
Waist 126cm 99cm
Hips 122cm 107cm
R/Thigh 75cm 64cm
L/Thigh 75cm 64cm

Life and all its beauty

Life and all its beauty

Celebrated our family this weekend and was super blessed to have my sister join us. This photo shows me I’m making progress.

So we make progress, we celebrate, we continue… We accept… We love!

The amazing ladies who were in the fashion show and Nadine Du Toit (my coach and friend)

The amazing ladies who were in the fashion show and Nadine Du Toit (my coach and friend)

A little deeper

As I sit down to write this post, I am enjoying a snickers bar.  I didn’t grab it as my emotional crutch.  I’m eating it slowly and enjoying each mouthful and not feeling any guilt over this treat.

I have come a long way.

This journey of losing weight has been an emotionally and psychologically charged trip…  A much needed one!  One that at times I thought I may procrastinate for the rest of my life!  I am so grateful to myself for keeping on!  I am endebted to people in my life who have supported me through this!  Especially Nadine, my GloryGirls Coach!

The truth of this matter for me is a year before I committed to my journey, I hit the lowest low in my life.  I was grieving, I was depressed and I knew I had to make a huge change.  With that I packed up my life and my children and I returned to SA, for an undetermined stay.  I rented an apartment, put my children into school and then embarked on therapy to come to terms with my loss and make sense of why I lived the way I lived.  I was a people pleaser to my own detriment.  Lived with guilt over everything and was so unhappy in my marriage and life.  I recognised my children were blessings but at the time I was holding the fort (alone mostly) at home, and my husband was going through his own difficult time but focussing on his job.  I was exhausted and I refused to ask for help.

I started meeting with my psychologist Claire a couple of times a week and this continued for almost 5 months.  In that time some very difficult news came to the light about my family.  By God’s grace alone, I was seeing Claire and she helped me make sense of a situation that could have destroyed my life and my marriage.

In 5 months I dealt with all my emotional baggage over the course of my life till then.  I was finally able to live in the moment and forgive myself.

I gained weight as a protective mechanism and it was my way to rebel against a ”superficial” world.  It became a burden laced in pain and self loathing.  Through me dealing with my emotional baggage – I was finally able to deal with those roots.  I made a decision to lose the weight, not to accept myself.  I accepted myself as I was and chose to care for myself.  I wanted to be the best version of myself and not let my memories be greater than my dreams.

A year and 3 months down the line, I can tell you – this has been an incredibly rewarding experience.  My life has been transformed and my children prompt me to have excercise time.  They love joining in while I do my weights or we play together.  My life seems so much fuller!

A couple of weeks ago, a fellow GloryGirl posted on Facebook that if anyone was able and willing to join as her guest to a ball, they should contact her.  I responded and in 45 minutes did my make up and got ready for the spontaneous ball!  Something that I would have cringed at the thought of doing even with notice.  A few days later I particapated in a fashion show, featuring real women who are inspirational.  I had such an amazing time and met incredible women.

It takes courage to change but if you commit to your goal – you can accomplish anything!

I am almost ‘there’…….  My goal has been to be healthy!  I believe I am already, but I want my weight to reflect that…  currently weighing in at 84.5kg’s, i’m 4.6kg’s away from a bmi of under 25.  Every kg after that is a gift…….  but MORE than anything I want to be healthy, fit and strong!

”Without fitness and health there is little quality of life.  BUT it’s not about how much weight you can lift in the gym, it’s about being able to take on what life throws at you.”



Sweeter than sugar & much more fun too

Sweeter than sugar & much more fun too

In the last three months I have completed my first 5km woman run (Nov 2012), the 10km leg of the Dubai marathon (Jan 2013) and I swam around the Burj al Arab, 800m swim this past weekend. I’ve loved participating but more than that I love that I’ve done this, 3 things I would not even have thought to attempt before.

I’m still here

What a hectic week this has been!  Both my kiddies have been ill and I have had pink eye…  So not the best week, doing my best to keep things clean!

On a good note though – I had my cholesterol checked and did a full health check and besides from needing to lose 10 kg’s – I am classified as healthy!  So that is encouraging!

I managed to get in a couple of cycles around the lake this week – was so beautiful!  Love living in the ‘Springs’!  Just so good to get out into the fresh air and have some me time, especially when things are so crazy!

Talk soon 🙂